Event Dates: 17 – 21 June 2013 B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The Birkbeck School of Law presents:
Law on Trial 2013: Legal Utopias: The Future of Law and Legal Education
Against a background of profound changes in higher education policy, and in the year in which the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) will report its findings to its sponsoring regulators in May 2013, the School of Law at Birkbeck places legal education on trial in this week of free lectures and workshops.
With roundtable discussions featuring distinguished legal academics, novelists, journalists and political activists, who explore the influence of legal education and legal educators on the wider cultural and social landscape, this is a trial not to be missed!
Take part as we debate the future of the School of Law, positioned in a climate where both publicly funded and privately sourced legal education providers battle with high fees and an ever expanding competitive market. Have your say over access to legal education as our panels explore whether legal academics should confront challenges of widening participation by developing a culture of pro bono – offering legal education freely outside their universities/colleges.
Friday 21st June 2013
Dream a Little Dream of Law
Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Join UN Member of the Working Group on People of African Descent, Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, world-renowned legal sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, and philosopher Lewis R. Gordon – according to David Horowitz one of the 101 most dangerous academics in America? – for a conversation on the future of human rights, law and legal education in the twenty-first century. Against a background of budget cuts, austerity and the criminalization of protest, these three notable speakers and political activists will consider whether we can still dream new and alternative realities for law and education in a climate where publicly funded and privately sourced providers battle with high fees and the ever expanding rules of profit and market competition. Professor de Sousa Santos will present the World Social Forums initiative for a University of the Popular Movements. Mireille Fanon will speak from her experience in the office of the UN Human Rights Commission and the testimonies gathered by the UN team she led while to study the impact of UK cuts on peoples of African descent, all the while reaffirming the legacy of her father, the 1960s famous thinker and activist Frantz Fanon. Professor Gordon will consider academic disciplinary decadence and prospects for transformation from the perspective of his engagement with existential and Fanonian philosophy as well as activism. We may even have a few surprises involving drums and poetry to make this Friday session one to remember!
Si nos dejan (José Alfredo Jiménez)
Nostalgias (Juan Carlos Cobián/Enrique Cadícamo)
Virginia Dubois (vocal)
Juan Carlos Arenas (guitar)